Kane Williamson’s Half-century Helps New Zealand Thrash Pakistan in First Test

Kane Williamson's Half-century Helps New Zealand Thrash Pakistan in First Test


A Kane Williamson half century saw New Zealand snap a four-Test losing strain when they kick Pakistan by 8 wickets on Sunday in a initial Test during Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

A low-scoring compare was wrapped adult inside 8 sessions after a initial day’s washout, with Williamson’s second innings 61 — his 24th Test 50 — a tip measure of a match.

Set 105 to win after Pakistan were all out for 171 in their second innings on a morning of a fourth day, Williamson mislaid his wicket with a scores level, withdrawal debutant Jeet Raval to sign feat with a range off Yasir Shah.

It was a much-needed certainty boost for a home side, entrance off a 3-0 array varnish in India and a extensive 204-run detriment to South Africa.

New Zealand’s debutants shone. Opener Raval was dominant on 36 in a second innings after top-scoring in a initial innings with 55 while Colin de Grandhomme gave a dictatorial arrangement of medium-paced bowling, holding 6 for 41 in a initial innings when Pakistan were skittled for 133.

After New Zealand replied with 200, Pakistan resumed their second innings on Sunday during 129-7 and combined a serve 42 to be all out for 171.

Sohail Khan posted a Test-best 40 as he and Asad Shafiq (17) showed dirty insurgency during a start of a day.

But their 53-run mount for a eighth wicket came to an finish when Sohail half-heartedly pulled a short-pitched Southee smoothness to de Grandhomme during back square.

Neil Wagner, who returned total of 3 for 34, claimed a wicket of Shafiq and Southee sealed a innings when he had Rahat Ali held for two.

Southee finished with 3 for 53 and Trent Boult, who leaked 19 runs in dual overs on Sunday, took 3 for 37.

Pakistan private opener Tom Latham early in New Zealand’s strut to a finish when he fended during a neatly rising Mohammad Amir smoothness and was held by Shafiq in a gully for nine.

It finished a unsatisfactory Test for Latham who fell lbw to Amir in a initial innings for one.

Williamson and Raval were mostly comfortable by to a finish of a innings until New Zealand reached 104 to turn a scores and Williamson swept Azhar Ali true to Sami Aslam during excellent leg.

The second and final Test in a array starts in Hamilton on Friday with New Zealand acid for their initial array win over Pakistan in 31 years.

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